Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
When considering the state of health of a sheep, it's a great help to know its liveweight.
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
If your sheep get diarrhoea, their daggy rear ends will be a very obvious sign, not just to you but to all the passers-by who look over your fence!
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
Hogget lambing is regularly promoted as a way to increase income, but results have been variable in the past.
Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.